It's IWSG time for February! The IWSG is a group that encourages writers and we post every first Wednesday of the month! Come check us out here.
In January's IWSG post, I laid out some writing goals for 2017. They were:
-Stay the hell off social media. Not forever, mind you, but just....be on it less. I found that it was crowding my brain a bit too much in 2016.
I have not been very successful at this--frankly, there's too many important things going on in the world right now. But I'm learning to temper the crazy with my own brand of crazy.
-Finish the Victorian novel and get started on the second draft (finishing the second draft would be nice, too, but let's not push it) I've made a little progress on the novel, but not much because...
-Send "Haunted Lake" to a beta and figure out what to do with it (I'm leaning towards finding a magazine to submit to)
Done. Sent to a beta, revised, and I just sent the edited version to other betas as well. Also, researchng where I can submit this thig.
-Draft and finish "The New Bride of Banner's Edge," which is more Regency romance than historical fiction. I've started the first draft and I think it'll be novella length.
Made progress here--I think I can see the shape of the beginning of the story, at least, and I know which direction I want it to go in.
-Get back into the research I had done for Pearl and draft her brother Julius's story.
Still reading a book that could be helpful here.
-Interspersed with other things as time and attention allow
When I get around to submitting "Haunted Lake," it would be my first time submitting a story to magazines, zines, or websites. What is that process like, writers? Any tips?
And now getting around to the IWSG question:
How has being a writer changed your perspective as a reader?
I was a reader before I tried writing and for the longest time, my reading experience wasn't really affected by my being a writer. I got lost in the story. I went on the ride with the characters. And for the most part, I'm still able to read and go on the journey with the characters.
But I am a heck of a lot more critical about what I read. There's always a part of my brain that is analyzing the plot, word choices, background characters, and dialogue when I'm reading fiction. I also have more respect for the written word; I don't usually review books on my Goodreads as "this is a bad book." Someone worked on that book, they sweated over that book, they did the best they could--even if it didn't work for me in many ways, I can't just flat-out say, "That was a bad book."
I can, however, point to why something I've read doesn't work for me.